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A former anti-apartheid activist A collaboration between Butler and CTS

The Rev. Allan Boesak came to Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary on a visiting appointment in fall 2012. He was named Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Studies in June of this year, and he was named the first director of The Desmond Tutu Center in September.

A center and its director A look at The Desmond Tutu Center’s creation and the man named founding director RYAN LOVELACE RLOVELAC@BUTLER.EDU MANAGING EDITOR

Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary have moved at “light speed” to launch The Desmond Tutu Center while expressing no concerns about the project or the leadership of the Rev. Allan Boesak. Boesak, a former anti-apartheid activist and politician in South Africa, arrived in Indianapolis in fall 2012. Apartheid was a system of forced racial segregation imposed by the then-white South African government. He was brought to Butler and CTS on a visiting appointment that ended after the spring 2013 semester. In September, he was named the center’s director In the first two months of 2013, Boesak, Butler President James Danko, CTS President Matthew Myer Boulton, and Frank Thomas— who helped bring Boesak to Indianapolis—developed the idea for the center, while brainstorming ways to keep Boesak on campus. The center will explore and examine topics including social justice, conflict resolution and reconciliation. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the center’s namesake, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. As the idea for the center grew, the Dungy Family Foundation agreed to provide financial support after meeting Boesak for the first time this summer. The foundation is a charitable organization led by former Indianapolis Colts’ head coach Tony Dungy. By September 2013, Danko— in collaboration with Boulton— appointed Boesak the Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Studies, and

installed him as director of The Desmond Tutu Center. Thirteen years ago, however, Boesak sat in a South African prison convicted of the theft and fraudulent use of charitable donations. Court documents show that the South African government found Boesak guilty of stealing nearly 260,000 rand, the equivalent of almost $133,000, when Boesak’s Foundation for Peace and Justice received the donation in 1988. The court sentenced him to six years in prison, and later reduced his sentence to three years on appeal. The South African government granted the former anti-apartheid activist and politician early release from prison after just one year, and he received a pardon in 2005. Butler and CTS created the center and new positions with Boesak in mind. And these positions came with a pledge from Danko for an initial $300,000, with an annual budget of $500,000 moving forward. Press reports said the center will

Archbishop Tutu was always convinced that I... had been put on this earth for some other purpose than to serve in some political party. THE REV. ALLAN BOESAK DESMOND TUTU CENTER DIRECTOR have a nearly $5 million endowment anchored by the Dungy Family Foundation. Some have called Boesak a prophet. Others have labeled him an opportunist. But Butler has

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made him one of its own. In a September interview with The Collegian following the announcement of the center, Danko said, “Hopefully, you’ve done your homework on him, because he’s right up there with the best. He had options.” No one at Butler, CTS, or the Dungy Family Foundation expressed any concerns to The Collegian about the progress of the center or Boesak’s ability to lead it. “Both schools really fell in love with him,” Boulton said. Boulton said he did not think Boesak’s financial history would impact the center either. “I don’t think it has a bearing on what we’re doing now,” Boulton said. “Not because we’re unaware of it, but because we have had good conversations with Allan, good conversations between the two schools and—I’ll tell you, the antiapartheid struggle in South Africa was a tumultuous period of time.” Danko said via email the pardon

given to Boesak allows Butler to treat him similarly to any other employee. “It is important to note that he received a presidential pardon, was forgiven by the president of South Africa for the crimes alleged, and his record was expunged,” Danko said. “Accordingly, we have no reason whatsoever to approach his employment differently than any other faculty or staff member.” But, did Butler and CTS do their due diligence? What type of financial controls will be put in place? And how much direct access to the center’s funds will Boesak have? **** In 1999, a judge found Boesak guilty of three counts of theft and one count of fraud for stealing charitable donations made to his foundation, as reported by The New York Times. The judge said Boesak used the money “as if it was his own,” according to the

Times, which also reported that he used the money to purchase, “two luxury homes and a radio studio for his second wife, Elna, among other things.” In an interview with The Butler Collegian, Boesak said his fate was determined by a South African legal system in transition following apartheid. “I was in the hands of those old apartheid judges,” Boesak said. “There was a total political motivation after my, behind my whole trial and the way that went.” Mary Burton sat with Boesak as a member of the board of trustees for the Children’s Trust, a fund set up to provide food, shelter and access to education for children victimized by apartheid. The Children’s Trust began as the result of a $350,000 donation from American musician Paul Simon made in 1988 directly to Boesak who ran the Foundation for see DIRECTOR page 2

BOESAK: FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO BUTLER Allan Aubrey Boesak was born in Kakamas, Northern Cape, South Africa, in 1945. Now he works more than 8,000 miles away. Here are some key moments in Boesak’s journey to Indianapolis.

1988-1994 1988: American musician Paul Simon donates $350,000 to Foundation for Peace and Justice, directed by Boesak, for the Children’s Trust, a fund to provide assistance to children victimized by apartheid.

1968-1987 1968: Boesak becomes an ordained minister at the Dutch Reformed Mission Church. 1969: Boesak marries Dorothy Rose Martin; they have four children during their marriage. PAUL SIMON

1976: Boesak earns his doctorate in theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. 1983: Boesak helps organize the United Democratic Front, a multiracial anti-apartheid organization in South Africa.

BOESAK IN 1986

1984: Boesak is accused of having an extramarital affair with a South African Council of Churches employee. He is temporarily suspended from his church duties, but eventually reinstated. 1984-1985: Boesak founds the Foundation for Peace and Justice, an anti-apartheid group. 1985: Boesak is arrested and charged with four counts of subversion while organizing a march to demand the release of Nelson Mandela from jail. The charges are later dropped. Info from Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition, Encyclopedia of World Biography and Butler University Newsroom, Overcoming Apartheid—Michigan State University, South African Legal Information Institute and The Los Angeles Times

1991: Boesak resigns from the clergy over accusations of an affair. He later marries Elna Botha after divorcing Dorothy Martin. 1991: Boesak resigns from his position as president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches shortly after resigning from the clergy.

1992: The Foundation for Peace and Justice loses an estimated 300,000 rand in a botched bank loan from Indonesia, according to a South African newspaper. A few other non-governmental South African organizations and a London business associate are also involved. 1994: Newly-elected South African President Mandela appoints Boesak as South Africa’s United Nations ambassador. 1994: Investigation into potential misuse of funds donated to The Children’s Trust forces Boesak to step down from ambassadorship.

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Info from The Los Angeles Times and Mail & Guardian. Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Timeline by Colin Likas.

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Peace and Justice. Simon recorded his “Graceland” album in South Africa. Burton said the Children’s Trust was created as a separate fund and entity from the Foundation for Peace and Justice, but its secretarial and financial administration was carried out by the Foundation for Peace and Justice. Burton and Boesak fought shoulder to shoulder against apartheid in the 1980s. She served as president of the Black Sash, a human rights organization comprised mostly of white women from Cape Town, South Africa, that opposed apartheid. She described how the South African government had detained people without due process for many months because of their work against apartheid, and spoke of the hostility directed at anti-apartheid supporters by police. While some in the government viewed their actions as nearly treasonous, Burton said Boesak led a march to deliver a message of support to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, was a political prisoner for 27 years until his release in 1990. The police brutalized many people involved in the march, Burton said, so that very few people were able to get anywhere near the prison holding Mandela. Despite the danger, Burton said Boesak’s followers admired him greatly. “It was that ability of Allan’s to identify the anger of the young people and to make an effort to channel it into what was intended not to be a violent demonstration, but which turned out to be very brutal,” Burton said. Instead of using that anger to incite violence, Boesak said he sought to use it as a tool for non-violent change. “For us (in the anti-apartheid movement) the question was not whether we should take away the people’s anger, because that would not be right,” Boesak said. “For us the question was, ‘Was it possible to channel that anger in positive ways?’” When Boesak’s foundation started to struggle financially, Burton said she and her fellow trustees watched anxiously, but felt secure because they thought the Children’s Trust could not be touched. Then the money disappeared. “It was my task to ensure that the investigation took place into the loss of those funds,” Burton said. “And I found it a very hard thing to do. But it was absolutely essential for the integrity of everybody involved in that trust to have it dealt with.” Burton and Boesak’s shared history made it difficult for Burton to ask police to investigate Boesak’s actions. But she did ask police to investigate. “It remains one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” she said. The investigation ultimately led to charges that put Boesak in prison, and had a widespread impact on the anti-apartheid community. “It was a very dark period in all of our lives,” Burton said. “He certainly went through a very rough time then—lost many friends, lost many supporters. And it must have been very, very hard for him.” Looking back now, he said that while the situation provided one of the most painful experiences of his life, he could not think of what he would do differently. Boesak said he did not testify at his trial on advice of his legal team. And he said that the foundation used the money to help oppressed antiapartheid activists, some of whom were imprisoned, and their families. “I mean, what would you have to do differently? You make sure that in a middle of a civil war, you write down every activist’s name so that you can give account to the police?” Boesak said. “It’s like Nazi Germany. You don’t do that. You don’t leave

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1988: The Rev. Allan Boesak (at table, second from left) sits with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (center) and Mary Burton (far right) during a Defend the Democracy campaign in South Africa. Burton reported concerns about money given to The Children’s Trust, eventually resulting in an investigation of Boesak. lists of the Jews that you have smuggled out of Germany for the Gestapo to find. And it was that kind of situation.” Burton thought about Boesak’s conviction of theft and fraud. She said many people involved in active political campaigning failed to understand financial management and put their trust in the wrong people. “It was far too easy to make use of funds for one purpose when they were destined for another,” she said. “Because the accountability was not always being required by the people who generously gave money, understanding that the law made it difficult for them to have proper accountability.” South Africa’s government had placed sanctions on some international financial transfers, hoping to isolate and starve the anti-apartheid movement. This meant foundations such as the Foundation for Peace and Justice had to hide their finances from public scrutiny, which opened the door to the possibility of fraud and misuse. The government investigated Boesak while Mandela served as president of South Africa. Mandela assumed the presidency in 1994, and appointed Boesak as the South African ambassador to the United Nations that same year. But Boesak had to withdraw from the ambassadorship after South Africa’s Office for Serious Economic Offenses launched an investigation into Boesak’s misuse of the charitable donations made to his foundation. Mandela and Boesak belonged to the African National Congress political party, which ran the Office for Serious Economic Offenses. Greater insight into how this happened can be found in a confidential cable—sent from the American Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, to the Secretary of State in Washington, D.C., during May of 1995— which Wikileaks made public. The classified cable said, “Boesak, with tears streaming down his face, visited President Mandela at ANC headquarters… to proclaim his innocence.” After Boesak’s visit, the cable states, “Mandela publicly voiced his confidence in Boesak, saying the latter should receive another ambassadorship. Boesak crowed about his ‘rehabilitation’ and declared he was ready to serve his country’s government. However, since the investigation by the Office of Serious Economic Offenses had not been concluded, the president and deputy president’s statements (in support of Boesak) smacked of a whitewash, which the press here criticized mercilessly.” As the investigation pressed on, Boesak

1994: The Rev. Allan Boesak (right) and former South African President Nelson Mandela participate in a reenactment of Mandela’s walk after being released from prison. left Africa for Berkeley, Calif., to serve as a professor at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1995. The seminary functions similarly to CTS. Keith Russell, former president of the seminary who worked alongside Boesak, did not say why Boesak chose to move to California, but said that the seminary was “delighted” to have him on board. After a few years, Russell said Boesak turned down his offer to be the school’s dean and resigned from the seminary to return to South Africa to face charges in an attempt to clear his name. “I always thought that whatever was going on there was in some ways a ‘getting even’ for some of his former leadership,” Russell said. “I think that was a pretty impetuous time back in South Africa, with various people being charged for various things, so we felt that he was a man of high character and conducted himself as such during the time he was with us.” Others do not think the South African government’s investigation sought revenge

on Boesak. “It wasn’t a witch hunt,” said Princeton Lyman, who served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1992-1995, including when the South African government conducted its investigation. Lyman said the donors raised legitimate concerns, and added that Boesak had legitimate questions about the rules for the funds provided by the donors from the outset. When Boesak returned to South Africa, the court found him guilty of theft and fraud, sentenced him to six years in prison, and later reduced his sentence to three years on appeal. Boesak was granted early release from prison after just one year. “As I recall it, he was paroled because I think the government, the leading government, the ANC at the time, really didn’t share the view that he deserved to be convicted,” Lyman said. “I think it was

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Thomas also joins CTS after serving at Memphis Theological Seminary. He and Boulton arrange Boesak’s stay at CTS for the spring 2013 semester. Boulton talks to Butler President James Danko, who agrees to host Boesak for the fall 2012 semester.

1995: Boesak serves as a professor at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif. He returns to South Africa in 1997.

1999: Boesak is charged with theft and fraudulent use of charitable donations. He is found guilty of stealing $133,000. He is sentenced in 2000 to six years in prison, which is reduced to three on appeal. 2001: Boesak is released from prison after serving one year of his sentence. 2005: Boesak receives a presidential pardon from Thabo Mbeki, a member of the African National Congress—a political party Boesak was also a member of at the time. 2008: Boesak joins the Congress of the People—COPE— and leaves the ANC. COPE was created by Mbeki supporters after his ousting from the ANC. 2009: Boesak runs for premier of West Cape and loses the election. He later leaves COPE, less than one year after joining.

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2001: Boesak (left), alongside one of his daughters and his wife, Elna, speaks at a press conference following his release from a South African prison in 2001.

June 2013: Boesak is named the Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Studies, a position created with collaboration between Danko, Boulton, Boesak and Thomas. Boesak will teach three classes between the schools for the next four years.

Sept. 12, 2013: The Desmond Tutu Center is 2012: Boesak is offered a visiting appointment at a seminary in announced, and Boesak is named its first director Memphis, Tenn., but it falls through. Frank Thomas, a colleague before a speech at Butler by Tutu. who originally brought Boesak to Memphis, contacts Christian Theological Seminary President Matthew Myer Boulton about Info from Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Allan Boesak’s curriculum vitae, bringing Boesak to Indianapolis for fall 2012. former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Princeton Lyman, U.S. State Department

cables. Allan Boesak, Matthew Myer Boulton and a Butler University press release


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The truth behind some of Butler University’s most common rumors KATIE GOODRICH KGOODRIC@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Butler University’s storied history also includes some myths and legends. These stories are not all true, but many students generally say they believe them. Sally Childs-Helton, special collections and rare books librarian, shared her knowledge of folklore to help discover whether or not the myths are true with the Collegian. “You see collegiate or campus folklore follow motifs from the rest of the world,” Childs-Helton said. “Students turn over every four years, so the student memory changes very rapidly, which adds to the lore.” 4.0 GPA IF YOUR ROOMMATE COMMITS SUICIDE: BUSTED Although the origin of this myth couldn’t be traced, this myth says that, if your roommate commits suicide, you will receive all A’s for the semester due to the trauma. While the school will provide counseling, the university will not give you a 4.0 if your roommate commits suicide or is killed, ChildsHelton said. There are a number of variations involving survivors and whether or not an event is witnessed. This suggests the false nature of the myth. If it were true, the stories would be more consistent, ChildsHelton said. Vice President of Student Affairs Levester Johnson officially busted this myth. “In my 21 years here at Butler, I have never seen that occur,” Johnson said. “It is not a practice here at Butler.” Providing counseling and helping friends cope with the loss

is what the university will provide if a tragedy does occur, Johnson said. FREE TUITION IF A CAR HITS YOU ON CAMPUS: BUSTED The rumor that you will receieve free tuition if a car hits you on campus is also false. This myth is so widespread among various college campuses that is was researched by Snopes. com. Snopes researches folklore to see if there is any truth involved. They have not found any policies from any college that state getting hit by a car on campus will result in free tuition. “I believe that this is a variant of the suicide myth, because it follows many of the same patterns,” Childs-Helton said. “If something bad happens, I will get something.” If you are a member of the Ovid Butler family or a descendant of a former Butler stockholder, you will not receive free tuition either, Childs-Helton said. Johnson said he believes this myth began with one college in one specific instance. “It probably goes back to when a college or university experienced physical tragedy with one of their students,” Johnson said. LYDIA THE GHOST: BUSTED Lydia is a ghost that supposedly haunts both the Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi houses on Greek Row. The myth said the girl committed suicide in the Tau Kappa Epsilon house, which used to be home to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. “The first time I heard the story, I asked for specifics, and no one could give me any,” Childs-Helton said. “The dates (mid-1920s) that I was given (for Lydia’s death)

RUMOR RECAP 4.0 GPA IF YOUR ROOMMATE COMMITS SUICIDE: BUSTED HIT BY A BUTLER VEHICLE = FREE TUITION: BUSTED LYDIA THE GHOST: BUSTED PHI DELTA THETA METH LAB: BUSTED UNDERGROUND TUNNEL FROM SCHWITZER HALL TO ATHERTON UNION: CONFIRMED were on the Irvington campus. We weren’t even here yet. We came to this campus in 1928.” Butler University moved to its current campus in 1928, and Greek Row as it appears now did not exist, Childs-Helton said. The story moved with the university. A Facebook page was created for ‘Lydia Geist’ to try and root the story in reality. These facts signify the story as folklore, ChildsHelton said. “She kills herself in one house, but she ends up haunting two different houses on completely different sides of Greek Row,” Childs-Helton said. “Normally, people who believe in ghosts say the hauntings are very site specific. They’re not going to call up Dawg Ride and haunt two different

sororities. It doesn’t make sense.” The story has made its way all over campus. Sophomore Drew Horn has heard about Lydia’s hijinks from his friends. “I know Pi Phis and Alpha Chis that live in their houses,” Horn said. “Whenever they see or hear something spooky, they blame Lydia.” The ghost of Lydia’s Facebook page posts about events like Frisbee Fling, and congratulates Pi Phi on its Founder’s Day. “Google can’t even find me… BOO,” a post on Lydia Geist’s Facebook said. ‘Lydia’ has 210 friends on Facebook. Some even write on her wall and get a response from the ghost. “There have been students die on campus, but there is not a Lydia associated with a suicide,” ChildsHelton said. The inconsistencies in the story disprove the myth. PHI DELTA THETA METH LAB: BUSTED Phi Delta Theta was rumored to have a meth lab in its basement in the 1990s. The myth tries to explain why the Phi Delta Theta house was shut down. “I checked with the office of Greek Life,” Childs-Helton said. “Phi Delt was shut down from 2002 to 2008, so the time period is wrong. The real reason it shut down was because its membership had declined. It lacked alumni support and a house director which is required.” The national fraternity made the decision to shut the chapter down, and the university agreed, ChildsHelton said. There was no major meth activity in Marion County until 2003. The

time period of the myth is wrong, because there was no meth activity in the 1990s, according to the state of Indiana’s website. Horn, a Phi Delta Theta member, said he has heard the rumor. “Completely false,” Horn said. “I even talked to alumni about it.” Childs-Helton said stories like this spread around campus quickly. “Sometimes all it takes is one person at a party saying maybe they had a meth lab,” ChildsHelton said. “It’s more exciting and interesting than the actual reason.” UNDERGROUND TUNNEL FROM SCHWITZER HALL TO ATHERTON UNION: CONFIRMED An underground tunnel runs from the back of Atherton to the Schwitzer basement. “I have seen the blueprints, and they put a dining room in the Schwitzer basement,” ChildsHelton said. “The tunnel connected the buildings, so they could carry the food over. They bricked it over now.” However, the tunnel was not used in the Underground Railroad, a network of secret passageways used by slaves and abolitionists during the Civil War, as one version of the rumor states. Butler’s current campus was built many years after the Civil War. Despite what some students may believe, there is also no one lurking in the tunnel system, Johnson said. Folklore on campuses will always be around, Childs-Helton said. “Most of the time this stuff is just told for fun,” Childs-Helton said. “As it gets passed down from student class to student class, the stories get updated, so they make sense to contemporary students.”

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Butler speaks out against HJR-6 Butler’s Faculty Senate voted to unanimously oppose HJR-6 at its mee t ing on Tuesday morning. Indiana’s House Joint Resolution 6 is a growing topic of conversation at universities across the state. Butler University students and faculty of have expressed opposition to the amendment in the past week. A petition on change.org began circulating the Internet last week to urge Butler President Danko to speak out against the proposed amendment on Butler’s behalf. Danko said he agreed with the students’ request but is not a spokesperson for the university, Butler Alliance member Emma Salter said. Danko said he would try to get into the Staff Assembly meeting today to discuss the issue. Danko also said he would like to have Student Government Association input on the topic, and that the Board of Trustees would also need to approve the university’s decision to formally oppose the amendment. The trustees meet next during the first week of December. The petition reached 831 signatures, as of press time and was brought to Danko Tuesday, Nov. 19. Butler students and alumni who now work for Freedom Indiana, and gender and ALEXANDRA BODE

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women’s sexuality studies professors went to Danko to discuss Butler’s stance on the issue. Students in the group represented different campus groups, including the Butler GLBT and Straight Alliance and Demia, a feminist organization. The petition said, “This amendment directly conflicts with Butler’s Community of Care as it alienates members of our community, negatively impacts the emotional health and well-being of those affected, promotes discrimination, and hinders diversity. In order to support Butler’s mission, we implore you to publicly announce that our university opposes HJR6 and stands with other universities...in supporting Freedom Indiana, a coalition against HJR-6. By refusing to take action on this issue, Butler University directly rejects its historical foundation of inclusivity...We, the undersigned, urge President Danko and Butler University to end their complacent support of HJR-6.” Demia hosted a discussion Friday about HJR-6 and the possibility of Butler publicy opposing the amendment. Other Indiana schools, including Indiana University, DePauw University, Wabash College, Hanover College and Ball State University, have already done so. “If Butler comes out against this amendment, it will help other people come

If Butler comes out against this amendment, it will help other people come out of the closet on this issue as well. DR. BILL BUFFIE ACTIVIST OPPOSING HJR-6 out of the closet on this issue as well,” said Bill Buffie, a medical doctor, author and activist for same-sex couple rights. This proposed amendment contains two different parts. The first part states, “Only marriage between one man and one woman will be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.” This second part of the proposed amendment states, “A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid

or recognized.” Same-sex marriage is already not legal in Indiana, and the first part of the amendment is simply restating, not changing, that. “Why would we add something to the constitution making something that’s already illegal even more illegal?” Demia member Kate Siegfried said. The second part of the amendment will effect heterosexual and homosexual couples alike. If passed, this amendment will stop future legislatures from passing laws that allow legal protection for relationships of unmarried people, both same-sex and heterosexual. Thus, civil unions and domestic partnerships will no longer be recognized by the state. “HJR-6 would permanently deny rights to an entire group of people, thus hindering diversity and inclusivity,” Siegfried said. If this amendment passes, some have said they believe it will steer people away from living in the state of Indiana. “I am a legal resident of Ohio, but if this passes, I would refuse to move here to Indiana,” junior Leah Spring said. Buffie said that, if students are talking about this, they will tell their parents, and alumni of the university will be interested as well. “If colleges are united on this, it’s a powerful statement,” Buffie said.

Shuttle bus, or struggle bus? MELISSA IANNUZZI MIANNUZZ@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Three freshmen girls’ trip on the SGA-sponsored shuttle bus lasted two hours longer than it was supposed to after the shuttle dropped them off and never returned. Two weekends ago, freshman Lily Pickett decided to use the SGA shuttle with two of her friends to go to Glendale Town Center. After shopping, they waited in the rain for the shuttle to pick them up at the scheduled time. “We had been told they were unreliable about getting there on time,” Pickett said. “So I assumed it would be 10 or 15 minutes late. We weren’t horribly worried about them not coming back.” After 30 minutes passed, they called the Butler University Police Department, who said they did not have any information about the system because it was contracted through SGA. An hour later, the shuttle still hadn’t arrived. “We were Googling how to walk

back,” Pickett said. “We debated whether we could take a cab, and we called five different people (with cars).” When they found a friend to drive them back to campus, an hour and a half after they originally planned to return, Pickett said she saw two shuttles waiting in front of Atherton. “I’m frustrated because I don’t have a real answer for why they didn’t come back,” she said. That was Pickett’s first time using the shuttle. SGA Vice President of Operations Kara Blakely said she heard of a couple instances where the shuttle arrived late or missed the pick-up time entirely, through the SGA email account. “When we addressed it to the company they were alarmed and said that is not how we operate,” Blakely said. “The company was so supportive, within not even 24 hours they had addressed the situation and gotten back to us.” This summer, SGA switched its shuttle bus contract to GO Express Travel, so it could use the same service for both their weekend and

airport shuttles. “So far, we have airport shuttles coming up, and we have been getting so many reservation responses,” Blakely said. “It seems, based on the numbers, students are utilizing the bus, and that’s what we love to see.” Freshman Meredith Rashid said she also spent an extra hour waiting outside of Target for an SGA shuttle that never arrived. One weekend at the end of October, Rashid waited outside of Atherton Union with her friends for a shuttle to pick them up at the scheduled time. The only bus that arrived was going downtown. The bus for Glendale never came. When the driver got back from his downtown route, he took the girls to Glendale. They waited outside at the scheduled time, but the shuttle did not come. After 45 more minutes of waiting in the cold, Rashid said she called a friend to come pick them up. “We had all our bags, we were tired, and we wanted to get back to school,” Rashid said. “We were with three other people, and they didn’t know how to get ahold of

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Meredith Rashid was left at Target in Glendale when the SGA shuttle didn’t come to pick her up. the bus either.” It was also Rashid’s first time using the shuttle, after she saw posters advertising it with the schedule around Ross Hall. “I probably wouldn’t take it again unless I knew for a fact that it would pick us back up. It’s really disorganized,” Rashid said. “I was excited about the idea. It’s good that it goes to Target and those

Students jump on new student handler job MIRANDA MARITATO MMARITAT@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Butler students looking for a more “paws-on” employment opportunity on campus may be fit to be a handler for Butler’s live mascot, Blue III. The Butler Blue Crew is searching for Butler students to serve as Trip’s handlers and social media liaisons. The group will be composed of 15 to 20 Butler students and led by a pair of co-leaders. Members of the Blue Crew will have a wide range of tasks, including daily walks of Trip and managing appearances. They will also develop marketing strategies and handle some social media. A large number of Butler students applied for this new job opportunity when its creation was announced mid-semester. “We received 70 applications and narrowed it down to 35 to take to the interview process,” Trip’s owner Michael Kaltenmark said. “I was impressed

with how qualified each applicant was. All students who applied could have done very well as a handler, but we need to find the very best.” Sophomore Hannah Meinen was one of the 70 applicants selected for an interview. Meinen said her passion for involvement in the Butler community motivated her to apply. “I want to be a part of Blue Crew because it is such a unique opportunity to be involved with something as great as a live mascot,” Meinen said. “Trip is a huge part of the Butler community and I would love to be a part of something that is so special.” Kaltenmark said he decided to start the organization after a trip to Georgetown last year, when he saw a group of students handling their bulldog mascot. “It would not only benefit me, but the university. It would be a win-win,” Kaltenmark said. “Students will be able to help maintain discipline with Trip, make

sure he acts how he needs to act and be where he needs to be.” Potential crew members must be full-time students, in good standing with the university and go through the application and interview process. Once members are chosen, they will begin basic dog training, Kaltenmark said. Being a member of the Blue Crew is an unpaid position, although internship and workstudy opportunities may be available in some areas. The co-leaders of the organization will recieve a stipend each semester. “If the job matches the students’ area of study, we will develop an internship by working with their advisor and adjusting the position to meet the needs of the hours required,” Kaltenmark said. The Blue Crew will be a long-term commitment for members. Crew members will have a weekly slot to work throughout the rest of the semester. “It will take some time

to get through growing pains,” Kaltenmark said. “Team building and training will help establish the group. I think we will have a well-oiled machine in the end.” Sophomore Jim Santos has been a handler for Trip since last semester. “I never thought about being his handler, I just spend a lot of time with him and he liked me and began to trust me,” Santos said. “I never had a dog. We just bonded.” Members of the Blue Crew must be approved drivers in order to drive Trip off campus for appearances. Santos is looking forward to the Blue Crew as an opportunity for more students to get involved. “It’s nice to see students wanting to interact with Trip more than just stopping to pet him,” Santos said. “It’s also a good experience to meet people.” New members chosen to be a part of the Blue Crew will begin their duties in January.

places, but what’s the use if it’s not reliable?” Blakely said she encourages students to email SGA@butler.edu if they have issues with the bus. “Going forward, there should be no miscommunications or anything like that,” Blakely said. “We want this to be as reliable as possible. We can only fix it if we hear about it.”

CORRECTION: In the Oct. 30 story “CCOM internship director to step down,” it was reported College of Communication dean Gary Edgerton would take on internship coordinator responsibilities at the end of 2013. A search will be conducted to find a new coordinator, and Edgerton will not take the position. The Collegian regrets this error.


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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Bulldogs defeat Commodores MATTHEW VANTRYON

MVANTRYO@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Photo by Rachel Opperman

Junior guard Jackson Aldridge surveys the floor during Butler’s 85-77 overtime win against Vanderbilt Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Aldridge scored seven points in 16 minutes of action.

FOOTBALL

Butler qualifies for FCS playoffs KYLE BEERY KBEERY@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR After a strange turn of events and a little bit of luck, the Butler football team is headed to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. The Pioneer Football League announced Tuesday that the Bulldogs (9-3, 7-1 PFL) won a computer rankings-based tiebreaker over Marist (8-3, 7-1). Butler and Marist didn’t play each other and had identical 5-1 records against common PFL opponents, which merited the rankings tiebreaker. This all comes after the University of San Diego announced last week that it would be withdrawing from PFL title and FCS playoff contention due to improper financial aid benefits. The Toreros would have won head-to-head tiebreakers against both Butler and Marist, as they won Saturday to also finish PFL play at 7-1. Butler coach Jeff Voris said in an interview with Mark Minner at halftime of Tuesday’s men’s basketball game that the Bulldogs were a little anxious, but are now relieved to be in the field. “It was a little bit of a waiting game, but we’re excited for the season and the opportunity and the way the guys played, and to keep going,” Voris said. Butler kept its postseason hopes alive Saturday with a 58-27 rout on the road against Morehead State. Before the announcement on Tuesday, Voris said in an interview with The Collegian that the team was just happy to finish strong. “No doubt, everyone is excited about the season and being able to finish out and get the three wins we needed to be co-champs,” Voris

said. “We’re just excited to be in. That locker room on Saturday, we were celebrating a championship, but it was also, ‘Is this the last time we’re going to be together?,’” Voris said in the Minner interview. “That last game’s always a tough time. So to get this group an opportunity to keep going, we’re excited for them and looking forward to getting back at it next week.” The Bulldogs are continuing to practice this week, treating it like a bye week as they wait to see who and where they will play. The FCS playoff field will be announced Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU. This will be Butler’s first postseason appearance since 2009. The Bulldogs beat Central Connecticut State 28-23 in the Gridiron Classic, an event between the PFL and Northeastern Conference, which has since been discontinued. But this time it is a little different. Butler makes history with the first appearance in the FCS playoffs by a PFL team. PFL commissioner Patty Viverito congratulated the Bulldogs in a press release. “First, I want to congratulate both Butler and Marist on their championships,” Viverito said. “It speaks to the high quality of play in the league this season that we had to use all of our tiebreakers to determine our automatic qualifier.” “We look forward to Butler carrying the PFL flag into the Division I Football Championship for the first appearance by a league member.” Voris said no matter who or where they play, they are grateful to be a part of history. “Wherever we go, we’re going to have a test, and we know that and we’re excited for that,” Voris said. “We’re going to work hard to not only represent Butler, but represent the PFL.”

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Senior quarterback Matt Lancaster will finish his collegiate career with a postseason appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

Butler looked to be on its way to an easy victory Tuesday evening until Vanderbilt came storming back late in the game. It took an extra period, but the Bulldogs escaped with an 85-77 overtime win. The star of the night was Butler senior forward Khyle Marshall. Marshall scored a career-high 26 points in the contest. Many of them came at the most critical moments of the game, as he scored 15 of Butler’s final 22 points. Marshall scored nine points in overtime, and 10 consecutive points for the team between the end of regulation and the beginning of overtime. The game did not begin well for the Bulldogs (3-0), as they fell behind 8-0 in the opening minutes. They managed to claw their way back into the contest and stretched their lead to 38-28 at halftime. Marshall showed signs of frustration after the team’s slow start and turned that into dominating play. “It takes a little time where we need to wake up and start playing, and at that point I was like, ‘Enough is enough,’” Marshall said. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham had a strong opening half, scoring 10 points and hitting three of three from beyond the arc. Dunham finished the game with 16 points. Butler shot nearly 44 percent from the field in the first half, and 48 percent in the game. The Bulldogs looked to pull away in the second half, jumping out to a 14-point lead with seven minutes remaining. However, the tide quickly turned. A 15-2 run the by the Commodores (2-

1) saw the Butler lead dissolve to just one with just over three minutes to play. Marshall hit a layup to give the Bulldogs a four-point lead, but it would not be enough to cement the win. After a foul, Vanderbilt sophomore guard Eric McClellan hit a free throw to give the Commodores a one-point lead with less than a minute to play. Marshall hit a layup to give Butler the lead, but a Butler foul and a made free throw allowed Vanderbilt to tie the game at 70. A game that once saw Butler with a 14-point lead then headed to overtime. Marshall picked up where he left off in overtime, hitting a layup to give the Bulldogs a 72-71 lead that they would not relinquish. Butler was able to get to the free throw line frequently in overtime and survived several desperation shots from the Commodores in order to come away with the victory. Miller said the win came because of a team effort. “Everybody who came into the game gave a positive contribution to this win tonight, and our team won this game tonight,” Miller said. The stat sheet backed up Miller’s statement. Butler scored 24 points off the bench. Freshman Andrew Chrabascz contributed seven points in 10 minutes of play. Fouls were a factor, as the Bulldogs were called for 23 in the game with 54 called total between both teams. Butler shot 58 percent, while Vanderbilt shot 66 percent from the line. Butler will hit the road for the first time this season Saturday as the Bulldogs travel to Ball State. The game tips off at 2 p.m.


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FOOTBALL

Bulldogs roll in season finale

KYLE BEERY KBEERY@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR The Butler football team clinched a share of the Pioneer Football League championship with a 58-27 win at Morehead State Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs (9-3) put the hammer down early and got out to a 34-7 halftime lead. The Eagles (3-8) scored two touchdowns out of the gate in the second half, but the Bulldogs were able to close out the game. They were carried by senior running back Trae Heeter. Heeter racked up five total touchdowns—four rushing and one receiving. Heeter totaled 180 rushing yards and 139 receiving yards. Senior quarterback Matt Lancaster had a big day, throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns

and picking up 118 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The duo combined for 604 of the team’s 639 total yards. Butler coach Jeff Voris said the end of the season brings pride and nerves. “No doubt, everyone is excited about the season and being able to finish out and get the three wins we needed to be co-champs,” Voris said. Butler finished the regular season tied with Marist for the PFL champioship, and the league’s automatic berth into the FCS playoffs. It was announced Tuesday afternoon Butler won the tiebreaker, and would be moving on to the FCS playoffs for the first time ever. As they prepare for the playoffs, the Bulldogs are treating this week

SWIMMING The Butler swimming team took on the Xavier Musketeers in a head-tohead meet at Xavier on Nov. 16. The Musketeers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 7452. Xavier held off the Bulldogs for most of the meet, winning 12 events out of the first 14 events that were held. Xavier’s fastest relay time came in the 3x50 yard butterfly relay where junior Kelsie Johns, freshman Sarah Stone, and senior Olivia Wilkes finished with a time of 1:24.38. This gave Xavier seven points. Butler’s best finish came from freshman Genevieve Pena. Pena finished first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:22.09. Pena earned five points for the Bulldogs in this race, giving Butler hope for a comeback late in the meet. Butler controlled this event, as all Butler swimmers finished in the top five.

Freshman Abby Cutler finished second, sophomores Elizabeth Miller and Maggie Wright finished third and fourth respectively, and freshman Mary Cerajewski came in fifth. Butler also finished strong in the final event, the 200 yard freestyle relay. The Bulldogs came in both first and second place in the relay. Coming in first was the group consisting of freshmen Audrey Gosnell and Claire Butkus and sophomores Emma Green and Abby Gibbons. Its time was 1:44.48. The swimmers in the second group were senior Kaitie Ring, sophomore Milly Sauber, and freshmen Lexie Smith and Lindsay McDonald. Its final time was 1:50.16. Butler’s next meet will be Nov. 22 at the House of Champions Invite at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. -Brendan King

like a bye week, Voris said. “We’re treating it as an open week,” Voris said. “We’re going to practice a little bit and stay sharp, and definitely get time for body to rest. twelve straight games takes toll on the body.” “There’s a fine line between staying sharp and getting rested,” Voris said. The last postseason appearance for the Bulldogs was a 28-23 win over Central Connecticut State in the Gridiron Classic, an event between the PFL and Northeastern Conference which has since been discontinued. An automatic bid for the Bulldogs is a historical accomplishment for the program. The Butler football team has not played an FCS playoff game since formation of the FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA.

CROSS COUNTRY The Butler women’s cross country team has been consistent all season long. This time, the Bulldogs were rewarded with a second consecutive trip to the national meet. The team finished second in the Great Lakes Regional Friday afternoon, automatically qualifying it for nationals. It was the first automatic berth to the NCAA championship meet in the program’s history. The team finished with a score of 67. Butler finished 19 points behind first place Michigan. Coach Matt Roe attributed the team’s success to health and determination. “Everybody is fit, everybody is healthy,” Roe said. “That’s a huge part of it. It’s a tough group, and they’re committed to doing well. They’re getting really good results.” Leading the pack for the women was senior AllAmerican Katie Clark. Clark

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Senior quarterback Matt Lancaster threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns against Morehead State Saturday.

finished fourth overall with a time of 20:19. Clark said the team felt good going into the race. “I’d say it’s the best atmosphere we’ve had going into a race,” Clark said. “We went into it a little bit more aggressive, we felt like we could really do something.” The men’s team finished sixth overall with a score of 163. Tom Curr led the team with a 16th place overall finish and a time of 30:43. Curr qualified for the national meet as an individual. Roe said he was impressed with Curr’s performance and resiliency. “I thought he ran well,” Roe said. “He rallied late in the race really well to get a spot in nationals.” The Division I national meet will be held Saturday at Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. -Matthew VanTryon

MEN’S SOCCER The Butler men’s soccer team (11-8-1, 4-6 Big East) ended its season in a 1-0 overtime loss to Marquette (11-5-2, Big East 7-2-1) in the second round of the Big East Conference Tournament. The game-winning goal of the match came in the 97th minute when senior forward Adam Lysak scored immediately off a rebound. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson recorded eight saves in the match on nine shots. Dawson’s record in goal for the season was 108-1. Butler freshman forward David Goldsmith had four shots in the match, three of which were on goal. Goldsmith was also named Big East Rookie of the Year. Junior midfielder Zach Steinberger recorded three shots in the match. Two of those were on goal. Butler ended the match with 17 shots. Eight of those shots were on goal.

Although they were picked eighth in the Big East preseason poll, the Bulldogs surprised college soccer fans across the nation. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll. Butler recorded wins over defending national champion Indiana University, nationally ranked Louisville, and Xavier twice. The wins against the Musketeers secured a tournament spot for the Bulldogs and helped advance them to the semifinal round. The season was not able to produce the Bulldogs a bid into the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. Seeds were announced Monday.

-Clayton Young


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OVERTIME: New rule slowing pace of basketball games This year at Hinkle Fieldhouse, fans may notice an abundance of short, high-pitched noises during a basketball game. No, it’s not a flock of birds in the rafters. It’s whistles. And this season, referees will be using theirs a lot. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee added some new rules to college basketball before this season. The new rules ban a player from making arm or forearm contact with another player. The rule was put into place for one reason: To increase scoring. By removing hand and forearm contact from the game, the NCAA is hoping that offenses will now be able to run more fluidly and, according to the NCAA, “create offensive flow.” Last season, NCAA basketball teams averaged 67.5 points per

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game. This was the lowest average since 1981. We are only a few games into the season and we are already seeing an increased scoring output from college basketball teams -- but not the kind of scoring the NCAA intended. Yes, teams are scoring more, but it is only because of a dramatic increase in the amount of free throws a team is taking. Now, when a player puts his hand

or arm on a player—something that was commonplace in basketball for decades—it gets called a foul. Get enough fouls, and teams start shooting free throws. Last season, a typical college basketball game would result in one team shooting around 30 free throws. This season, some teams are shooting upwards of 60 or 70 free throws in one game. In a recent game between Seton Hall and Niagara, the teams racked up 73 fouls, totaling 102 free throw attempts. All these trips to the free throw line also slow down the game considerably. Every time a foul is called, the clock is stopped. This is resulting in games, which would normally be played in roughly two hours, lasting closer to three.

I can assure you that no fan wants to sit around and watch players shooting free throws for three hours. Over the past decade, Butler has been one of the most physical teams in college basketball. And, yes, when playing defense, they used their hands very often. This current Bulldogs roster is full of physical defenders. Sophomore Devontae Morgan is one of the best, in my opinion. With these new rules, the Bulldogs, and the entirety of college basketball, are being asked to change the way they play defense. “There’s really nothing we can do,” Morgan said. “We just have to play defense and hope the refs don’t call it. You can’t adjust to it.” Assistant coach Michael Lewis said the team talks about the new

rules in practice, but it has not changed its defensive strategy. It is impossible for any team to adjust to these new rules in the span of a few months. For as long as basketball has existed, players have used their hands to play defense. Every player is now expected to disregard everything he was taught in such a short period of time. Imagine Khyle Marshall, all 6’6 and 220 pounds of him, driving to the basket. The only thing in his way is you. Now you have to stop him. But wait. You are not allowed to use your arms or hands. Yes, this is going to be a great college basketball season. Just make sure to bring your earplugs to the games. All those whistles are going to get annoying.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Bulldogs lose third consecutive game JOHN YELEY

JYELEY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Following an impressive victory over Cleveland State in its season opener, the Butler women’s basketball team has lost three straight games. The Bulldogs (1-3) lost to St. Mary’s 90-86 in overtime before falling to Bowling Green 61-57 Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler looked competitive early on, never trailing in the first 20 minutes as it took a 27-22 lead to halftime over the Falcons (4-0). The Bulldogs were led on both sides of the court by senior guard Daress McClung, who posted a double-double on the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Haley Howard

turned in an impressive night as well, leading the squad with 13 points on 6-of12 shooting. Bowling Green capitalized on miscues by the Bulldogs as it quickly erased the halftime deficit with 17 points from senior forward Alexis Rogers. The Bulldogs managed to ignite a comeback in the final minutes of the game. Junior center Liz Stratman sank two free throws with 1:26 remaining, and sophomore guard Lexus Murray drove for a jumper to cut the Falcons lead to just a point with less than a minute remaining. A free throw by McClung tied it up at 57, though a quick lay up on the ensuing possession by Cleveland State sophomore guard Erica Donovan would ultimately put the Falcons back on top

with just seconds to go. With just nine seconds on the clock, senior guard Mandy McDivitt tossed up the potentially game-winning 3-point field goal, only to have it blocked by Donovan. Despite the rough stretch, Butler coach Beth Couture said she still took positives from her team’s recent performances. “As disappointed as we are with a one and three start, we do see a lot of bright spots,” Couture said. “However, we do see some corrections we can make. Now that we have a couple of days to practice and just prepare, we will get a couple things corrected.” The Bulldogs will get a few days to rest and regroup before returning to Photo by Marko Tomich action against the Indiana Hoosiers (4-0) Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at Sophomore Haley Howard attempts a three during the Nov. 3 game Assembly Hall in Bloomington. against DePauw at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

VOLLEYBALL

Butler rides win streak into final regular season matches AUSTIN MONTEITH AMONTEIT@BUTLER.EDU SPORTS EDITOR

The Butler volleyball team stretched its winning streak to five matches after last weekend’s contests. The Bulldogs (23-6, 10-4) swept Georgetown in three games at Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday in their second straight match against the Hoyas (10-18, 4-11). Butler narrowly won the first game 25Photo by Marko Tomich 23, before winning the second and third games 25-17 and 25-14, respectively. Senior Morgan Peterson (center) is honored on Senior Day Saturday Junior Belle Obert led the team with before Butler’s 3-0 win against Villanova.

16 kills in the match, while recording five digs, three blocks and three assists. Senior Morgan Peterson led the Bulldogs with 33 assists and 14 digs in the match. Senior Maggie Harbison tallied a match-high seven blocks in the victory. Butler defeated Villanova in three straight games Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the team’s final home game of the season. The Bulldogs won the first two games with scores of 25-20 before holding off the Wildcats (12-16, 4-11) to win the third game 26-24.

Junior Stephanie Kranda recorded a team-high 11 kills to lead Butler with 12 points. Junior Brooke Ruffolo tallied 12 digs and four assists in the win. Butler finishes its regular season with two matches at DePaul and Marquette on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Bulldogs lost to first-place Marquette 3-1 in a Nov. 1 match at Hinkle Fieldhouse before a 3-0 win against DePaul the following day. Butler has not lost a game since that Nov. 1 match against the Golden Eagles, winning all five matches since then with 3-0 sweeps.

OVERTIME: College football playoff is a year late The Butler football team is playoff bound. I hope its players realize how lucky they are. The Bulldogs secured a share of the Pioneer Football League title for the second consecutive season with their win over Morehead State last Saturday. After winning the tiebreaker with Marist, the Bulldogs are headed to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Butler will be at a sizable disadvantage considering most teams in the playoffs will be scholarship schools. However, at least the Bulldogs are afforded the opportunity to settle the score on the field. For one last season, schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision will be forced to rely on computer formulas to determine who should play for the championship. At its best, the Bowl Championship Series era has ushered in a form of determining which team is the recognized champion beyond end of year polling. At its worst, it has led to disputed titles and schools deserving of title consideration on the outside looking in.

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Although it features just four teams, the BCS will be giving way to a playoff system to crown college football’s champion next season. Of course, it is only fitting that in the final year of the BCS, as many as six teams could have a legitimate gripe if they are left out of the national championship game. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Oregon and Auburn are all viable candidates to play in Pasadena on Jan. 6. As things stand now, Alabama and Florida State have the inside track to play in the title game, but those other teams could all have a strong case why they should take the field. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor are undefeated and have the best argument for playing

in the national championship if the season ended today. Based on those four teams’ remaining schedules, only Alabama and Baylor have a real risk of losing their perfect record in the regular season. The fourth-ranked Baylor Bears travel to Stillwater, Okla. to take on No. 10 Oklahoma State Saturday. If Baylor can get by the Cowboys, then it should cruise to a perfect record. Top-ranked Alabama’s test comes in two weeks when the Crimson Tide travel to Auburn to take on the sixth-ranked Tigers in the Iron Bowl. Auburn is fresh off a miraculous win over Georgia, and will have two weeks to prepare for the Tide. The winner of this game will go to SEC championship game and then potentially the national championship. Should Baylor stumble, the championship picture only gets clearer, but if Auburn takes down Alabama, the picture gets murkier. If Alabama wins out, then it will play for their third consecutive and fourth championship in five years. However, should Auburn pull off the upset, will that be enough to vault the one-loss Tigers over

undefeated Baylor and Ohio State squads? That’s the championship question. Generally, I am of the opinion that a perfect team should get a chance to play over a one-loss team. Nevertheless, Auburn and Oregon both have better resumes than Ohio State despite their losses. Ohio State has only played one team that is currently ranked this year, defeating No. 19 Wisconsin 31-24 in September. Ohio State is certainly a talented team. Twenty-two straight wins is nothing to laugh at. Still, the competitive gap between the Big 10 and conferences like the SEC and Pac-12 is monumental. It doesn’t help the Buckeyes that their nonconference schedule includes Buffalo, Florida A&M and San Diego State. Ohio State will likely square off against No. 14 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. Even if the Buckeyes win, I find it hard to justify their inclusion in the national championship game over Baylor, Auburn or Oregon. An undefeated Baylor team should rank above Auburn and Oregon, but it will be interesting

to see how the computers value an Auburn win over Alabama. Knowing college football, this whole column might be moot by the end of the season with Alabama and Florida State as the only undefeated teams left. However, I find it hard to believe that things are going to work out perfectly for the BCS. Just look at 2004 Auburn, 2003 USC or any number of Boise State, Texas Christian University and other undefeated non-BCS conference teams that were left out in the cold. Up to this point, Alabama and Florida State have separated themselves from the rest of the pack with their dominance on the field. I predict that both will finish the season undefeated and end up playing in Pasadena. Should that happen, Florida State represents the rest of college football’s best chance to end the SEC’s run of seven straight titles. I give Jameis Winston and the Seminoles the advantage over the Crimson Tide. College football will get the playoff system it desperately needs, but it might end up being a year too late for the season that needs it the most.


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ARTS, ETC.

For family. For country. For Syria.

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Photos courtesy of Malek Jandali

Husam Abd Al-Wali Ayash — Mohamed Al-Jawabra — Ayham Alhariry — Raed AlMalek Jandali (center) composes and plays music Kurd — Munzer Mumen Al-Masalmeh — Bilal Abu Nabout — Mohamed Abu Aoun to raise awareness for the people affected by the Syrian — Hamid Al-Massalmeh — Ali Ghassab Al-Mahameed — Taher Al-Masalmeh revolution. On the left and— right are his parents, shown after Ibrahim Al-Na’saan — Abbas Sa’ad Al-Mahameed — Malik Mahmoud Mufdy beingAl-Karad beaten by Syrian forces in retaliation for Jandali’s — Khalid Abdullah Al-Mahadmeed — Nayef Hussain Al-Abazeed — Al-Muhjanad performance in opposition to the Syrian regime. Listed beneath the text are names Khalid Al-Masri — Raed Ahmed Al-Himsy — Munzer Amro — Munzer Kunbus — of Syrians killed during the This list was edited Sameer Kunbus — Abdullah Al-Jarrad — Ibtisam Al-Masalmeh — Jamalrevolution. Jarbo’y — by the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies. Rami Hasan Al-Hariry — Ashraf Ahmed Al-Masri — Mohamed Ahmed Al-Salamet — Omar Mohamed Al-Hariry — Omar Abd Al-wally — Mohamed Abu Nabout — MARIA LEICHTY his first project, “Echoes from Ugarit.” The piece @ . Hameed Abu Nabout — Ahsraf Al-Masalmehcontains — Moutaz the oldest musicalAbu notation Zaied in the world, — Fadi Al-Masry from Ugarit, Syria, in 3400 B.C. March 2011. TheDyab Syrian Revolution began. He wasAl-Nasir banned from doing so in Syria and — Hyan Haj Ali — Mahmoud Dagher — Abd Al-Masalmeh — Mohamed The spark which helped ignite the conflict after going through many channels, ended up involved Syrian children. Boys in the town — of having to speak with a high authority in— 2010.Mohamed The Rashrash Al-Jarrad — Hatim Mahameed Ayman Qutaifan Mustafa Daraa, 10- to 15-years-old, graffitied sayings they revolution broke out shortly afterward in 2011 and had heard in Egypt and the surrounding countries the performance never became a reality. — Ahmed Fawaz Abu Dallu’o — Munzer Ahmed Al-Hammady — Wesam Al-Ghoul during the Arab Spring. This is the year he composed “Watani Ana,” or “I Two and a half years later — in November 2013, am my Homeland,” which Al-Salamat became an iconic song Safi — Mohamed Alimore Al-Salamat Mohamed Ahmed — Ghassan Althan 110,000 Syrians have been killed, around for the revolution. of whom were children, according to the After playing “Watani Ana” in Lafayette Park Mahameed — Mahir6,000 Al-Masalmeh — Youssef Abd Al-Raouf Al=Miqdad — Thaer Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. near the White House, Jandali said the Syrian Now, one Syrian-American composer and pianist government heard about his performance and Youssef Manukh Al-Miqdad — more Nawras Al-Miqdad — Salah Abd Al-Rahman is using music to draw attention to theSafwan plight seized his parents. of the Syrian people. His mother and father were both beaten in Al-Hariry — Issa Mohamed — Moaz Nayef —toMuhab Nayef AlMalek JandaliAl-Kurdi presented on a concert series retaliation for hisAl-Abazeed performance but managed focusing on these children of his homeland. “The escape to America. He said the Syrian government Abazeed — Nidal Faris —theZakarya Al-Hamidy —thisTalal Al-Fadel — Waheeb Al-Adawi Voice of Free Syrian Children” was presented thought would discourage him from continuing. in Detroit and New York City on Oct. 13 and 26, It had the opposite effect, however. — Abd Al-Ghany Al-Akrad — Ali Al-Rawashdeh Abd Al-Naser Maslmani — Issa respectively. He came— out with his second album, “Emessa These concerts featured Rutgers University (Homs),” in 2012 and wrote “Syria-Anthem of Hijazy — Yassir Al-Rifa’ey — Al-Burhan — Qasem — Mohamed professor Abdulrahim Alsiadi who plays the oud—a the Free” in Mohamed 2013. “The Voice of theAl-Atmeh Free Syrian Middle Eastern instrument similar to guitar—and Children” concerts premiered four songs that will Aliah Ajamoughli, a Butler University who be coming out on his next album. HeAl-Thayab is also working Jalal Al-Zouby — Sameer Allabad —student Muhannad Ibrahim — Orwa Alplays cello. on a symphony meant to tell the story of the peaceful “This whole concert was inspired by the children,—Syrian revolution, he said. Mo’ammar This is to be recorded Al-Hamoudy — Shareef — Mohamed Hussain Al-Shareef Mohamed because the children started the revolution,” with one of the top five orchestras in America. Ajamoughli said. Shattar — Ibrahim He alsoSaqar added that it would an honor to come Ahmed Al-Zouby —Anwar — beKamal Bardan — Ahmed Jandali said the Syrian Revolution began as a perform this project at Butler. He is working with peaceful revolution because it started with the Ajamoughli to try and make this happen. Mohamed Deeb Andron — Mohamed Yassin Isfanjah (21 years old) — Wael Abd children. Ajamoughli is a junior cello performance “Children are as peaceful as angels because they major who contacted Jandali in search of research Al-Qader Al-Aak — Muwafaq Talib Baroud — Alaa Nafiz Salman — Jamal Mohamed are as close to the Creator as can be,” Jandali said. information. He found out she played cello and had “They are not discussing politics, they are simply Syrian ancestry, so he asked her to play with him in Ali — Majdi Rakan Al-Turkumani — Eiad AlitheAl-Rsheedat — Fadi Youssef Al-Theyab demanding human rights and freedom.” concerts. Both concerts showed pictures of children in Ajamoughli said Syrian music came easy to her — Nathem Majareesh Nahar Mahmoud Syria on— a big Shadi screen while the trio performed.Massalmany since she grew up with— her father, Ghaith, singing it Hussain Ayshat In Detroit, Ajmoughli said Alsaidi broke out around the house. — Mahmoud Al-Hashar — aTalal Al-Hashar Yassir Al-Farouh — Mohamed Hasni in tears while video about the Syrian children — Ghaith Ajamoughli lived in Homs, Syria before was shown during Jandali’s composition, “Syria- the Bashar al-Assad regime falsely accused him Al-Asaad —Ali Al-kuswani Tayziny —whole Byaof Zaid — Ussama — Qabarou Anthem of the— Free.” In New York, the being associated with an Islamic Mayhoob extremist audience joined in singing the anthem. group called the Muslim Brotherhood. When this — Subaita Akrad (17 “Music years old) — Adel Fandi — Ali Tawfeeq Junaika — Mustafa can cross the socio-political barriers and happened, he fled the country and came to America. go straight into the human heart and deliver the Ajamoughli explained her dad’s response to the without any old) permission,” said. situation in Syria now. Abdullah Bayazeed message (17 years —Jandali Mohamed Yassin Isfanjah (21 years old) — “That’s what the ‘Voice of the Free Syrian Children’ “It is depression paired with excitement because is all about.” something he wanted back in the 80s when Ibrahim Mohamed Qabarou — Fouad Ballehthis —is Khaled Baghdadi — Orfan Al-Durrah William Grubb, Butler associate professor of he had to flee: Freedom for the people,” Ajamoughli music, has given Ajamoughli cello lessons the said. (19 years old) — Haydar Izzeldeen — forIbrahim Mubbayyed — Naim Mukaddem past three years. Jandali said he will continue fighting for peace “Music the internationalFawwaz language,” Grubb— and Mohamad freedom in Syria through Alayia music. — Yasser Abu Aesha — isAhmad — Mohamad Nour said. “People may speak different languages but “Can you imagine living in the revolutionary everyone responds to music.” times and you have a chance to be a part of that? It’s Herbaoui — Khaled Al-Dora — Mohamad Nour Abdulhadie — Nizar Almajie — Raed Jandali has been using music as vehicle for inspiring and historic in every sense,” Jandali said. resistance since 2004. “[The children] are living happily because they are Eid — Bashier Diwan — Yaser — Fawzah Hamid Khalawy Tahaweel He received a scholarshipAbu at QueensAlyser University demanding freedom. for piano performance and composition in 1994 but “At the end of the day it is very simple. We are Khaleef Al-Khaldy — — born Bassam Al-Sour — Samir Al-Huwary in 2004Nazeeh he returned to SyriaHmeesh and wanted to perform free and we should live free.” MLEICHTY BUTLER EDU STAFF REPORTER


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Stories of the oppressed Malek Jandali highlights the stories of those affected by violence and injustice during the Syrian Revolution. MARIA LEICHTY MLEICHTY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Junior Aliah Ajamoughli collaborated with Syrian pianist and composer Malek Jandali last month to raise awareness for the people affected by the Syrian revolution. Her father, Ghaith Ajamoughli, was a Syrian medical student in Homs, Syria. He fled the country in the 1980s because he had been accused by the Bashar al-Assad regime of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, simply because he had a beard similar to those worn by the group’s members. He has not been able to return since. His story is not the only one of oppression from the Middle Eastern country. Marie Colvin was an American journalist for Britain’s The Sunday Times. She died covering the revolution in Homs. Jandali attended her funeral in New York and spoke with her mother.

“She was so content and calm because she believed in her daughter’s journey,” Jandali said. “I told her that she had just gained 20 million Syrian daughters.” Ali Forzat was a Syrian political cartoonist. He was captured in Damascus and tortured. Regime forces broke his fingers so he couldn’t draw anymore. He fled the country and still draws for freedom. Jandali and Forzat put on a combined concert with piano and cartoons in Kuwait. “The more difficult the regime becomes, the more productive we become,” Jandali said. Hamza Al-Khateeb died at age 14 while bringing bread to the town of Daraa after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad cut off the food supplies to the area. Jandali has celebrated all of these people in performances across the world. “The Voice of the Free Syrian Children” concert in Detroit, which Ajamoughli played in, was dedicated to Al-Khateeb.

Jandali (left) with junior cellist Aliah Ajamoughli (center) and oudist Abdulrahim Alsiadi after a concert dedicated to Hamza Al-Khateeb.

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Pianist Malek Jandali plays a performance under an image of Marie Colvin, a journalist killed covering the Syrian revolution.

Jandali (left) poses with cartoonist Ali Forzat, who was tortured in Syria.

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On Friday night in the Johnson room, inside Robertson Hall, students broke out of the infamous “Butler bubble.” Some Butler students stepped into the shoes of some Indianapolis residents by watching their counterparts eat a hearty meal while they ate nothing but white rice on a plastic plate. More than 85 Butler students attended the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, a program dedicated to raising awareness of hunger in Indianapolis. The Butler Volunteer Center and Oxfam America, an organization sponsoring hunger banquets, organized the event. Upon arrival, each participant randomly chose a slip of paper depicting his or her socio-economic class for the evening (high, middle or low). He or she recieved an identity and a background story outlining the struggles or benefits of his or her assigned class. Each table in the packed Johnson Room contained a mix of all three classes. Participants noticed class divisions, as ‘high class’ students were served turkey, stuffing, rolls and more on glass plates with silverware and glass cups. They told staff what they wanted to eat and were served at the table. The ‘middle class’ was expected to stand in line for a buffet containing beans and rice on plastic plates and cups. “A lot of students were shocked at the difference between high and middle class,” said Hannah Cianci, a staff member at the Volunteer Center. “Students here think they

are middle class, when in reality, most would be considered more upper class (according to hunger standards).” Those representing the ‘low class’ were even more surprised. They sat and watched the others eat before they were allowed to go to their buffet, which was one serving tray of plain white rice. “I ate as a lower class person at the banquet, and it was very eyeopening,” Cianci said. “I wasn’t upset because I knew I could just eat something better when I left. That’s what made me realize how unfair it was. Those who actually were lower class didn’t have the option to go and get real food after their small meal.” “I actually went out for ice cream after, but I didn’t get any because of the guilt I felt.” During a post-event discussion, students commented that the divisions were clear because of the hunger and food of each class. High class students admitted to feeling guilty about getting more food when they were allowed to and even shared their food with those stuck with the plain rice. Low class eaters said they noticed how quickly their food was gone and how much was left over on the highclass plates after those participants were finished eating. Kathyrn Battafarano, a freshman who was given a middle class standing, noticed divides between the classes’ plates. “Everyone there had a moment where they looked around and really saw the differences,” Battafarano said. “Someone at your table either had a really scarce portion or a large, fancy one. People were either saying

‘I’m full,’ or ‘I’m still hungry.’” The dinner’s bubble-breaking moment was an address to the crowd given by speaker Dave Miner, a volunteer through the Indy Hunger Network. Miner talked of the growing hunger issue in Indianapolis and what can and is being done to solve it. Miner summed up beating hunger in Indy through three steps. The first step is helping people gain access to federal programming. “People don’t receive benefits they can have because they don’t know how the system works,” Miner said. “We need to teach them how to use it and get what they need.” The second step in his plan is to support the middleman food providers like food pantries and food banks. Last year in Indy, 25 million meals were provided to those in need through food distributions. Miner said even large food banks such as Gleaners Food Bank of America can only provide 5 percent of the hungry in Indianapolis with food. “The smaller ones need to be supported because those are who the people directly come to with their food needs,” Miner said. The third step is to fill in the gaps left over from the first two steps. Senior Citizens are the largest growing area of concern for hunger, Miner said. “Some seniors are provided with one meal a day from hunger networks,” Miner said. “When we asked them what other meals they will eat that day from home, many said it would be their only one.”

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The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet raised awareness for hunger in the Indianapolis area by highlighting inequality. Those in the “low-class” group were served a single bowl of rice to share among themselves, while the higher classes had more food to eat. Another large threat in hunger is lack of food security. Food security is defined as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Lack of food security affects one out of five people and is a cause for problems such as obesity, according to Oxfam America. “Most think that those who are hungry would be frail and skinny, but that’s not the case,” Miner said. “If you’re food insecure, you’re going to eat whenever you can and as much as you can.” Those who are food insecure often consume meals that are not nutritious and are cheap. Miner’s speech emphasized that hunger can effect anyone, no matter what their race or background is. “Want to know what hungry looks like? Turn around and look

at your neighbors,” Miner said. “Hungry looks like all of us.” The Volunteer Center is planning on holding the Hunger Banquet again next year in a bigger venue, Cianci said. Students, such as Battafarano, gave generally positive feedback on a survey sent out after. “I liked the dinner overall,” Battafarano said. “It was interesting because students at Butler don’t normally get exposed to things where they see hunger or don’t get fed enough.” The Volunteer Center has not yet begun preparation for a follow-up event or another volunteer event pertaining to hunger, Cianci said Being at Butler, you don’t see hunger,” Cianci said. “We were happy we got to show the logistics behind hunger to those who don’t experience it and get them to venture out of the Butler bubble.”


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Butler University students should not have to dread scheduling each semester. Instead, students should be able to stay on track to graduate on time and take classes that are not only beneficial to their degrees, but are also interesting to the individual. Classes that include major requirements need to have more sections available so the maximum number students can secure a seat. Each of the university’s colleges should create an adequate number of class sections based on whether or not the class is a graduation requirement or prerequisite to a required, higher-level course. Students have had trouble during registration, often the result

of required courses filling up too quickly and not enough sections being offered. Many prerequisites to higherlevel courses are either not offered or only have one section available. Then students tend to fall behind and have to wait an entire semester to take the course. Furthermore, many students have found that a number of required courses or prerequisites for required courses are offered at overlapping times. This proves inefficient for students and can hinder their ability to graduate on time or avoid having to spend extra money on summer courses. A large amount of students

could not register for organic chemistry for spring 2014 even though it is a required course for pre-pharmacy students. Strategic communications 222 is required course for more than one of the university’s colleges, but only two class sections were available during registration. More classes should be made available to accommodate both the students that need to take them and the ones who take them for pleasure. Students should be able to take interesting and thought-provoking classes in addition to those required to graduate. Currently, there is a limit on the number of physical well being

No to HJR-6 Butler should speak out against HJR-6 and advocate for the equal rights of all There is no better example of discrimination than denying a group of citizens its rights to wed and be happy. As of now, same-sex marriage is not legal in Indiana, but fellow states have made the positive push forward to legalize gay marriage. However, a possibility exists that same-sex marriage may never be legal if the House Joint Resolution 6 bill passes at the General Assembly and moves to public vote next fall. Recently, Indiana University joined Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan campaign opposed to the Indiana constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman, according to IU’s website. A Butler student organization, Demia, started a petition for the university to follow in IU’s footsteps and join a number of universities and Indiana’s largest employers in the fight against HRJ6. Yesterday, Faculty Senate unanimously voted to support the opposition of the bill, but Butler needs to continue to push to publicly joining the fight. Socioeconomic factors, taxrelated issues and religious beliefs have often spurred the opposition of same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, there are a number of economic benefits that could result from the legalization of gay marriage and religious backing to support the cause. As the wedding industry is currently thriving, more marriages would result in more wedding and economic growth, Butler economics professor William Rieber said. An increase in marriages could also lead to an increase in divorces, causing a rise in the use of family lawyers. Studies have shown that married people tend to be happier and in better health, Rieber said, which means there could be fewer healthcare problems among

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truly supports equal rights. Many people oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons and base their views off of teachings in the Bible. However, religious beliefs should not govern states’ governments. “Whether or not the Bible prohibits same-sex marriage, that’s not good enough reason to make this a law in a country where church and state are separated,”said Charles Allen, Episcopal priest and adjunct professor for philosophy and religion. Allen is also a gay man. Though the Bible can influence and sculpt people’s lives, it does not exactly “say” anything. Instead, the Bible is a collection of stories by a number of authors who tend to contradict and disagree on various aspects of life. The same literature that may allude to marriage only existing between men and women also tells its readers it is a sin to mix two different materials of clothing, tattoo one’s body or sow two different types of seed in the same field, according to the book of Leviticus. “Since nobody ever asked whether marriage could be between members of the same sex,” Allen said, “nobody in the Bible ever addresses that question.” Sure, the Bible could have assumed marriage was between a man and a woman, but assumptions aren’t teachings, Allen said. Bottom line, whether an individual credits his or her views on same-sex marriage to the economy and tax benefits or the literature of the Bible, no one subjective belief should prohibit anyone’s right to marry and, of course, love thy neighbor. Contact assistant Opinion editor Taylor Powell at tjpowell@butler.edu.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law Tuesday making tobacco illegal to purchase for those under 21. Young adults ages 18 to 21 can still possess tobacco legally, but they can’t purchase it anymore, effective in about six months, according to an article yesterday from the Associated Press. Smoking cigarettes would not be legal nationally, if it were up to me. However, this law probably won’t wipe out smoking among young adults ages 18 to 21. In fact, it could have the opposite effect. They may not be able to purchase the cigarettes legally, but that will only be a minor setback. Smoking was hugely popular in the early-20th century because it was socially acceptable. Smoking ads from the 1950s feature the slogan “More doctors smoke Camels than any other brand!” Cigarettes were also cool for teenagers and young adults around this time period. Movie stars smoked on screen, lending an aura of glamour and sex appeal to cigarettes. Average Americans take their cues from the media, and cigarettes were everywhere. Smoking cigarettes reached its height of popularity in the 1950s, when nearly half of all adult Americans smoked, according to a 2008 article on Gallup.com. However, the rate of smoking has gradually decreased since then. Only 18 percent of American adults now smoke cigarettes as of last year, according to a June 2013 New York Times article. This is due, in part, to a decrease in the “cool factor” of smoking. Teenagers and young adults are most susceptible to addiction, according to the AP article, but it’s no longer the societal norm to smoke. Media does not glamorize smoking anymore. News stations constantly air new data about the negative side effects of cancer. Many states have banned smoking indoors and even within a certain distance of public spaces. Restricting smoking-approved locations gives the impression that smoking is on its way out. Raising the price of cigarettes

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married individuals. A debate exists concerning if partners in same-sex relationships should receive the same benefits as spouses do. The answer is plain and unquestionably yes. “As far as the issue itself, I think it depends on what you think is fair and reasonable,” Rieber said. “It shouldn’t depend on the economic effects…the issue goes well beyond (economics).” Tax problems and economic benefits should not enough reason to deny one’s right to marry freely. But if someone who opposes gay marriage thinks it is right to credit economics for his or her personal opinions, there are facts that could counter such arguments. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly joined the coalition against HJR-6, and even threatened to move its operations outside of Indiana if the bill passes, according to ProCon. org. “Eli Lilly and Company is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult diseases humans face,” said Rob Smith, senior director of corporate responsibility, according to IU’s website. “To be successful, we must attract and engage a highly talented, increasing diverse workforce. HJR6 makes these efforts unnecessarily more challenging.” The company plays a pivotal role in Indiana’s economy and possibly even Butler’s growth, as a university that receives endowments from the company and has an expansive pharmacy program. “Eli Lilly has been very generous to Butler,” said Rieber. “They do a lot of good work with drugs and employment, and a lot of people want to have jobs with them.” Lilly’s threat to leave Indiana if HJR-6 passes serves as another reason why Butler should join Freedom Indiana, if the university

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has also decreased the amount of smokers nationwide. When many people are struggling to make ends meet, the least-necessary purchases are the first to go, and cigarettes are often part of this category. Americans have been making the decision not to smoke more and more. However, this law may lend back some of the “cool” factor of smoking. Rebellion is a natural part of being a teenager. Teens want to break the rules as they fight to find their own identities. By raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes, Bloomberg made smoking more exciting because it is forbidden. This is the same concept with drinking alcohol. In part, underage drinking occurs so often because teenagers want to rebel even more. Even though cigarettes were still illegal to purchase for those younger than 18 before this law, raising the purchasing age makes them seem like a better way to rebel. This law isn’t necessary. Smoking has already been on a consistent decline in recent years. Instead of sticking with more subtle methods, NYC raised the purchasing age and potentially set off a new wave of teenagers who become hooked on cigarettes because of teenage rebellion. Studies have proven tactics such as raising the price of cigarettes and creating smoke-free environments effectively cut down the rate of smoking, according to the same New York Times article. Other cities should not follow NYC’s lead. Instead, the U.S. should educate people on the dangers of cigarettes and the manipulation of the tobacco industry. These methods may require more patience, but they will be far less likely to backfire and create a new generation of rebellious smokers. These teenagers will struggle with addiction the rest of their lives, but they don’t consider that when they want to look cool through rebelling against their parents and the law. Contact copy editor Maggie Monson at mmonson@butler.edu.

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The man in the mirror Men also suffer from Hollywood’s exaggerated depiction of an ideal male body

TONY ESPINAL When I was younger and had started to grow chest hair, I didn’t think anything of it. However, one day I was at a water park. On my way to the water slide, I heard girl about my age say to her friend standing next to her, “Oh my God! That is so gross. Why can’t he just only grow hair on his head?” I was still in middle school when that happened. Recently, my wife and I went to see the new Thor film about a week ago. Of course, the handsome and muscular Thor had a scene with his shirt off. When I looked at my wife, she was grinning from ear-to-ear. Of course, I am not jealous or threatened by a fictional character in a movie, and you are probably wondering why I told you that story from my youth.

Well after watching Thor, it got me thinking about a debate that my wife and I have had for many years and still have today. Do men suffer from the same media pressure about their bodies as women do? Of course many would disagree with me. The standard argument has been for some time that women suffer pressure to be thin and beautiful that men simply cannot understand. But I couldn’t disagree more. This is not to discount the plight of women. But for years I have seen people come after the media for the unnecessary pressure they put on women. But no one ever seems to talk about what men go through. Men suffer the same struggles to stay fit, muscular, stylish or as cut as women. The media suffocates society on what a man should look like. Think back to any Ryan Reynolds movie you have ever seen and tell me if you can think of one where he didn’t have his shirt off? Or look at the cover of GQ magazine or Men’s Health. What do you see? Celebrities wearing high priced stylish clothing or shirtless men with the physique of an Adonis that we wish we had. In fact, in 2006, the Washington Post reported on a study done by researcher Deborah Schooler about men and the effect of media on their

self-esteem. She found the more media they consumed, the worse they felt about their bodies. Two weeks ago, New York Daily News reported that eating disorders are appearing in young men as we become more obsessed with our body image. So why do we tend to suffer in silence? To me, men just tend to be less vocal about it because we are supposed to personify confidence, strength and sophistication. As men, we tend to make fun of other men who complain about their body image, mocking their masculinity. I have been told to “turn in my man card and pick up a dress” because of making a comment about myself. We develop a need to meet the expectations of a body image-obsessed society while covering our own insecurities. In June, the Dallas News reported on disorders that men are developing as a result of being obsessed with their bodies. The have been nicknamed “bigorexia” or “manorexia.” The former disorder is a man’s obsession to become bigger, like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the latter is the obsession to become leaner like Michael Phelps. Yet, like women, we try and keep these issues hidden from our peers. I was fortunate. I hit a point in my life where I stopped caring so

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much about sculpting the perfect body. But that doesn’t mean that the pressure no longer gets to me. Even today, I wish I were thinner and more muscular. I hate that my belt size went up and my muscles went down. I just don’t obsess over it. Just remember, we all suffer in different ways. When you are teasing another man or woman for their physical features, just

Ross residents should pay less

Ross Hall’s cost should accurately reflect it’s lack of amenities

Last weekend, I visited a friend at the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana, and slept in his dorm. I guessed he had chosen the Harry Potter housing package, because the glorified closet of a room was quite similar to the Dursely’s cupboard under the stairs. As I toured the campus, I was shocked to find that many dorms of greater quality cost relatively the same as his. I began to wonder if a similar situation was taking place at Butler University, and set out to do some research. Ross and Schwitzer are only $300 less to live in than Residential College, according to Butler’s website. But are Ross and Schwitzer really that great of a value when we compare them to ResCo? The answer in my opinion, is no. Don’t get me wrong, Ross Hall is great. Its long list of faults gives it character. I honestly would rather live in Ross than ResCo, but that is not because I believe it is a nicer building. Ross Hall, to me, is like your first car in a way. It is definitely not the nicest thing you have ever driven, but it is yours. Ross Hall is many students first taste of freedom and how could you hate that? But all that is purely

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nostalgic. ResCo blows Ross out of the water in terms of monetary value. Ross could be more than $300 cheaper solely based on the fact it is not airconditioned. After living in Ross, I have actually come to appreciate the feeling of being dry, as I sweated profusely for the greater part of the summer months. Freshman McCarty Maxwell said his first weeks in Ross were awful. “I sweat so much,” McCarty said. “I was going through four or five outfits a day. You were just soaked all the time and there was nothing you could do.” Heat is typically only an issue in Ross and Schwitzer for a few weeks. But when you have five fans going and it still feels like a sauna built in the fires of Mordor, $300 seems like chump change. Even aside from air conditioning, the quality of ResCo is greater than Ross in every way I can think of. “The actual rooms are bigger and a lot nicer,” said freshman ResCo resident Brianne Mannell.“Obviously it has air conditioning, there’s only four people to

a bathroom, and there’s a dining hall downstairs.” Mannell lives in ResCo because she has asthma. “The only part I don’t like is that it was a littler harder to make friends when we first got here,” Mannell said. Adjusting to a new freshman lifestyle could be a lot easier surrounded by students who are going through similar experiences. Public bathrooms are not favorable, and having to camp out for hours to finish laundry is not fun. But having friends live in the same building is worth the hassle. Every freshman should live in either Ross or Schwitzer purely for the sentimental reward. However, students are not paying for only sentimental rewards. An experience one gains from living in a particular building has no bearing on the quality of the living situation. Ross and Schwitzer are not dumps but are definitely not of the same value as ResCo. That fact should be reflected more in our bills. Students simply do not get their money’s worth in Ross and Schwitzer, based on prices of the other living facilities. Though I am not intending to bash Ross, it seems unfair to have to pay relatively the same price to live in a place with none of ResCo’s perks. Contact columnist Mitch Riportella at mriporte@butler.edu.

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NFL should force name changes to not offend Native Americans It would be hypocritical and irresponsible for the National Football League not to change the name of the Washington Redskins. With the NFL’s antibullying initiative, this problem should have been a top priority for the league because of the severity and widespread impact it has. Riley Cooper, a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, kicked off this year by being recorded on camera saying a racial slur at a country music concert. Although the NFL did not suspend him. Earlier this month, Miami guard Richie Incognito was exposed on a voicemail verbally assaulting an African-American teammate and using the n-word. The NFL has a pending investigation into the matter. If the league feels it has a right to get upset about these racial epithets and acts of bullying, they must take action on the most egregious racial slur being used in professional football: the Redskins. The name of the

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Washington D.C., team is not a nickname among its fan base. It is the official name of the team that is recognized by the league. It is not bad the team is using a Native American moniker for the team name. The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Seminoles both use Native American heritage and symbols as their mascots. Although the mascot is now banned, Chief Illiniwek from the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana represented Indians in a positive light. Never did Illinois use the heritage with negative connotations. In a 2004 poll, CBS found that 90 percent of Native Americans did not have a problem with the name Redskins. CBS did, however, denote that many question if the respondents who marked they were Native American were in fact Native American. Regardless of however many Native Americans have a problem with the current name, if 10 percent feel the need for a change

then a change is needed. The Oneida Indian Nation is the tribe leading the fight against the football team. There are only 900 citizens in the tribe, according to The Washington Post. But, if this minority takes offense and sees fit to take the team to task in order to get the name changed, then the NFL should back it. Although there is good reason for the name change, change will not come easily. “We will never change the name,” Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins said in an interview with USA Today in May. “It is that simple. ” Fiddling with tradition and history in sports is a very touchy subject and in most cases the wrong thing to do. Unless absolutely necessary, those long standing traditions should be left alone. With that said, what is wrong is wrong. The fans of the game should demand all athletic leagues, teams, players and fans respect their surroundings and be sensitive to those with different cultural backgrounds.

Contact Opinion editor Rhyan Henson at rhenson@butler.edu.

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The name game

PAWPRINTS “Not doing homework for a little bit.”

think about the emotional damage you could be causing. Try and put yourself in that person’s shoes and imagine if you were the one getting mocked for not being a Chris Hemsworth or a Kate Upton. If you are one of those people who are suffering in silence, talk to someone —you are not alone in this.

“It will be nice to have a week away from classes. I’ll probably still be doing homework but it’ll be nice to not have the stress.”

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political as much as anything.” Even though Boesak was released early, he said his jailing had a lasting impact on him. “It still, though, took away a lot of years out of my life, and it is still one of the most painful experiences to be unjustly accused,” Boesak said. “It remains with one.” Another cable released by Wikileaks, sent from the American Consul in Cape Town, South Africa, to the Secretary of State in Washington, D.C., showed that the U.S. government had been keeping tabs on Boesak. “After being released from prison, Boesak continued to enjoy considerable support from the ANC of which he remained a member,” according to the December 2008 cable. “In 2005, South African President Thabo Mbeki pardoned Boesak, a move which some political parties called a travesty of justice and led to speculation that the pardon was purely politically motivated. By July 2008, Boesak had fallen out with the ANC. He accused the party of entrenching racial hatred instead of preaching tolerance.” Boesak lost the election for the premier of Western Cape in 2009 as part of the COPE party, and said he gave up political life. “I think that he could have simply gone back to church work,” said Burton, the Children’s Trust trustee. “But I think that he is a man who has a great deal of drive and he may well have wanted to do something more; that seemed to him, seemed to offer more possibilities…. “He really had been seen as a major force to be reckoned with in this country,” Burton said. “And it’s a great pity because I think he would have had a political future also in our society.” Boesak said he has no intention of ever returning to politics. “That was the time that I may have realized I should not be in politics at all, maybe I should do something else,” Boesak said. “Archbishop Tutu was always convinced that I had made the wrong decision and that I had been put on earth for some other purpose than to serve in some political party. And he’s right.” **** Boesak first came to Butler after an option in Memphis fell through. Boesak said the Memphis Theological Seminary had trouble securing the visa. Claire Aigotti, Butler general counsel,

declined to comment on legal matters pertaining to Boesak’s hiring. A new CTS faculty member, Frank Thomas, had previously worked in Memphis and had brought Boesak to Tennessee for a conference after meeting him in South Africa. When Boesak emailed Thomas that things had not worked out there, Thomas reached out to Boulton to see what CTS could do. Located less than two miles apart, Butler and CTS used to be one school. The two have long since separated, but have collaborated on academic and other student affairs. Boulton said he went to Danko and asked if Butler would take Boesak in for the fall, while CTS hosted him for the spring as previously planned. Danko agreed and thought it was a wonderful idea, Boulton said. “When Butler was presented with the unique opportunity to engage on our campus someone as internationally renowned and accomplished as Rev. Allan Boesak, we obviously came down strongly in favor,” Danko said via email. When the 2013 calendar year began, Boesak’s time in Indianapolis at Butler and CTS had started to wind down. Boesak would depart in May after one semester at Butler and one semester at CTS. Boulton said discussions began in January and February of 2013 about keeping Boesak around. Danko, Boulton, Boesak and Thomas talked, and created the idea for the Desmond Tutu chair and The Desmond Tutu Center. Thomas, the CTS professor who helped bring Boesak to Indianapolis, said he hopes the center will scrutinize and examine sensitive topics that some might consider taboo. These include America’s “unequivocal support for Israel” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the issue of mass incarceration as the result of the War on Drugs that Thomas said “was a war on black kids.” “Can we talk about white privilege?” Thomas said. “You know, can we talk about the fact that your white skin buys you some things that I as an African-American don’t get?” Boesak said he hopes to develop a program that will identify young leaders in situations of conflict and introduce them to others for networking and educational purposes. Multiple people have already approached him about an exchange program with South Africa, Boesak said. As CTS began entertaining the idea of The Desmond Tutu Center, it turned to the Indianapolis community for assistance. Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress is a maternalfetal medicine specialist, board member of the Dungy Family Foundation, and sister of Tony Dungy. An acquaintance of DungyPoythress reached out and asked her to meet

with Boulton. “It sort of started out as maybe a thought, or maybe we’ll have a series or something, and it grew to an actual center and institution,” Dungy-Poythress said. “And I envision in my mind an actual building.” After learning more about the idea, Dungy-Poythress spoke with her husband D. Wesley Poythress, another Dungy Family Foundation board member who worked in higher education for many years. Poythress attended Berea College for his undergraduate degree, and said Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter attended Berea too. Poythress said the idea came to fruition over a dinner table last summer. “That’s the first time we met Dr. Boesak and his wife, lovely wife, and Dr. Thomas and his wife,” Poythress said. “All of it unfolded and it came to a realization in essence over a meal. It’s amazing what you can accomplish over a meal.” The couple said it did not wish to disclose the financial support the Dungy Family Foundation would provide, and added that they had no concerns regarding Boesak’s past financial problems. “I wouldn’t trust anything that happened in South Africa,” Dungy-Poythress said. The couple said it had no concerns about Boesak stepping into his new position. “There’s an advisory board,” she said. “There’s going to be several people involved.” The Rev. Ed Aponte, vice president for academic affairs at CTS, said he has worked to organize that board, which will consist of four CTS representatives and four Butler representatives who will advise Boesak. Aponte said the operation has moved quickly by higher education’s standards. “It may not seem like it, but we really are moving at something pretty close to light speed for the way things usually work,” Aponte said. “I don’t think we’re going too fast at all.” “It’s not moving fast enough, as far as I’m concerned,” Boesak said. “I would like to be in a position where I say, ‘Together we have made a great effort, we have now found money, so now we can begin to say one, two, three, these are the things that we will do in the next three years.’ ” When asked about the financial oversight and the funding breakdown for the center, Boulton said that Butler and CTS are on the same team and in a 50-50 partnership where each would need to be transparent with the other. “I don’t know how you feel about teamwork, but it often is not helpful to teamwork when there’s too much accounting going on,” Boulton said. “About, well, hold

on, you raised 50 cents and I only raised 45 cents and you know.” Bruce Arick, Butler vice president of finance and administration, said he hopes the center will subsist “almost entirely” on thirdparty gifts. “We don’t plan on taking from other pots of money,” Arick said. “We believe the center can and will be self-sustaining with its own fundraising and support.” Arick said because he hopes the center will be self-sustaining it will have minimal or no impact on Butler’s finances. He also said he did not think Boesak’s financial history would impact the center. “We did not see it as being an impact on the center here,” Arick said. “Mainly because of the role that he would have in the center. And to be honest with you, I don’t, given the time that happened, and different time, different country—I’m not familiar with all of the details of that.” When Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu have supported Boesak, CTS President Boulton said it would appear unfair for him to pass judgment on Boesak’s financial history. “I am certainly not in a position, myself, to judge during that period of time, or judge individuals in that period of time,” he said. Boulton said others may feel comfortable speaking against Mandela and Tutu’s support. “I’m certainly not one of them,” Boulton said. “And as you can tell from my tone, I would really put a question mark beside that kind of judgment.” Archbishop Tutu spoke to a sold-out crowd of Butler students on Sept. 12, and spoke highly of Boesak. “[He’s] a remarkable, gifted, indeed charismatic compatriot, with a scintillating record in the history of liberation,” Tutu said, as reported by Indianapolis Monthly. “I think that he certainly has paid his dues, one might say, and I hope that he will build a new and a good life,” Burton, the Children’s Trust trustee, said. “I think that he does have something to contribute. He’s a good speaker, and, I’m sure, a good lecturer and very charismatic.” His journey to Butler’s campus seems serendipitous. “I didn’t know CTS. I didn’t know Indianapolis. I didn’t know Matt Boulton,” Boesak told The Collegian. “These things happen mostly by accident.” By the time his four-year stay in Indianapolis ends, Boesak said he intends for the center to stand on firm ground. “One has to raise as much money as one possibly can because the center has to be established,” Boesak said. “The center cannot be a fly-by-night thing.”


The Butler Collegian—November 20, 2013  

The 12th issue of The Collegian, fall 2013 semester

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